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Ex ante research can contribute to evidence-informed policies. In this article, we explore numbers and types of ex ante studies as well as their use. First, we took stock of a potentially wide range of ex ante studies published by the Dutch government between 2005 and 2011, applying a systematic approach. Though unevenly distributed across ministries, quite a number and variety of studies were found covering among others: feasibility, intended effects and side effects. Subsequently, we looked into five cases to explore how ex ante studies were used and why. We tentatively conclude that the political decision-making context is key.
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Keywords: EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY; EX ANTE EVALUATION; META-RESEARCH; RESEARCH USE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: November 1, 2017

This article was made available online on October 30, 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "Ex ante research explored: Numbers, types and use of ex ante policy studies by the Dutch government".

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